The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), Saturday 3 October 1908, page 3

tion. There is no exagge ration, but the simply humble of experiences whose working people is as word the good as names affluent, and the of the participators are promptly available to any reader desiring them. is the tale of the This vanishing steeds of Bog (It now Bend. ree bears more exalted a name.) The Bend a wild part was on where of the country, moonlight nights gangs of mounted were wont men to to rendezvous the herds o f muster

Mysteries of the Australian Bush.
'the' stoby*&f
the vanishing

STEEDS.
(BY
RECORDED
FRANK

in "The
the

World's tales
of

News" the

of the Terrified of New north

I
South
still, from

19th Horses in the

northern that

bushlands
State,

Wales.
is a

Beyond
come

further

vast which round

which and

of the Australian expanse tales of more intense

bush,

tery,

listeners

bring terror campflres who
little

to

the

mys of hearts
little

have

had
the

events

and of knowledge of these silent expanses. Years before the steel rails ago, ther north still, and be

experience

weird

far

fore

settlement the These

had

re

claimed
the

wilderness,

pastoral

kings
were

held wild the the

sway.
wire

days—long
fences immense

before locked

only
tended miles

run-lands, when lonely shepherds their flocks long
from
it was
were

civilisation.

Truly, Strange
rences

God's
the

End.

occur

of

these

times. sinister tales of and

From

various
came

conditions

haunted dwellings lonely river bends, 1 could instances
set

down the

many

of

myste
and

rious appearance

hap

penings
parts,
pose

of but

these

remote

just here pro the story of the four vanishing steeds.
to relate is no There occasion to the names record of those taking part in them, nor yet the precise loca tion. There is no exagge

National Library of Australia

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133967235

resided at had to turn night cattle the thereabouts. to muster In the up H house this night were the head stockman. three had who his wife, and aboriginal women down from to their camp come yarn casually time to saddle up and the night till it was away the scour country. about At 9 o'clock the steady hoof-beats of the horses, and the chink-chink of the bridlebits, came the clearly on the night air towards the creek—the directhe road down house from which the men tion from had to come. Nearer the and hoof-beats nearer growing they came, louder, and, just as they apparently had reached in front of to tie up, immediately the horse-rail from his H—— the stool, and house, jumped lazily, "Well, the door, you've saying opened black gins and his wife all at last." The Lome him. l^ned up behind riders! or no horses were There
J. these times the Bend, and

H

and

his

wife

)
1 J

one

four

men

j \ ( ( < { <

,

)
)

<

(

.

^ j 1

)

They
There

had

of a second,
was

vanished making
no was

in
no

the

night in the fraction
about,
move case

}

sound!

mistake

the
away

Btance;
riders
to

it

absolutely
round and in and any

impossible

turn

cireuihfor the without

j :

;

being
been could

not there had to do so. The time party in the house only stare at each other in blank dismay

heard,

( '

The hour

silence—then their way to a grope seat. four men turned up some quarter of an later, and were astounded at the yarn Of the head stockman and the rest of the house party.
and

In speaking of the occurrence in after times, Hwould it would say he possible for one alone of the party to imagine that they heard horses come five up to the house, but the whole of them heard the same—and the gins, be it

particularly noted,
their
where
own

are

as as

sharp

in

hearing
and in

m can

native

hear immense
a

white
no

sewer-rats, distances—probably hear could man not. mistake.

bush

cases

All heard

made
the

They
of
a

tramp,
the

tramp

had number
to

distinctly of horses the door of

coming
the hut.

down

track, right Up

The the hut was, country round of it cleared, and stood alone somewhere the centre of the clearing, and it was

course,
near

bright

The horses (apparently) tramped of the hut, and up to the door disappeared— vanished into space!—Concealment was impos

moonlight.

The

Marchers, creating

a

Disturbance

at

Canterbury Cathedral.

sible.
1 1

The

hare they must they themselves could not
the

stockmen been

be

promptly told tie party dreaming, and imagined It were coming up the track. no there other being party, any
miles. remain
a

'

i

other ever,

mounted

i

men within many must circumstances

How mys

i

i

i

i

,

tery. On the four men they giving their assurance had only once visited the hut, the gins com menced to wail moan pitifully Cheating and their heads against the floor) with fear at this, of an oc manifestation utterly unexplainable

,

manifestation
currence.

of

an

utterly unexplainable
them hundred would
dare to to

oc

None
a

of of

go

1

home,
mis bad

couple

yards,

i

down the creek, and the the to find them best sleeping accommo she could dation out of bags and old beddiiig. till They remained morning, then trudged down in silence and fear. to their camp

their mi wife stockman's

i

i

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful